Sunday, June 29, 2014

High School Graduation

Before I start this post.. I actually took a look back at my blog to August+September of last year and found my post about the first day of senior year!! Crazy!
It really doesn't feel like it's been since my graduation, but it has been over a week. The graduation felt like it took forever when I sat there, but now that I look back, it went so fast. It felt like I went through 4 years of high school for that night and I can hardly believe that it has already happened. Before graduation, our school had set up two days for us to practice. Though the practices were long and involved sitting around, I'm tankful we did them because without it, I'd be clueless of what to do!
My graduation was set to take place at 6, but for the students graduation, we had to arrive an hour early to prep. My family basically came with me at 5 since it made the most sense and coming early meant better seats for them to see me! =)

High School Graduation
Makeup For Graduation

Before graduation, I had some prepping to do. I didn't plan to do much with my hair, but I wanted to play around with eye makeup. In all honestly, I rarely wear that much makeup.. usually just eyebrows and eyeliner, but with bigger events, I like to add some mascara and eyeshadow. (hehe not that much of a difference, but it makes me feel better!) For my makeup, I went for a slight smokey eye using my naked palette and my eye shadow tattoo.

Bodycon Baroque Dress
I wish the quality on my phone was a bit better here! 
Now you might remember in one of my previous post where I showed off a gold baroque dress and I had mentioned how I wanted a baroque styled dress for graduation. Well I got two and I actually liked the way the other one fit me so I chose to wear it for graduation under my gown! What sold me on this dress was the pattern of it and the length of it. I've found myself to look the best in either skater dresses or bodycon dresses so I wanted one of those for graduation. The only thing that bothered me about bodycon dresses though is the length. Those dresses are already quite short, but I feel like on me, they are even shorter and I wanted to avoid anything like that for graduation. Luckily this dress reaches me knees and I find it to be very classy on!

High School Graduation Pictures

High School Graduation Pictures

I didn't know how long graduation would be, but I knew that I might be limited on time for pictures. After graduation, would be the time for pictures with my friends, so I decided to take some extra time beforehand to take pictures. I do have pictures with my sister haha, but I just don't share them because of her request. =) We started with taking a few photos indoors and then moved ourselves for more pictures. The weather for my graduation could not have been better. It was almost 100% guaranteed to be outside and it was warm, but not burning or even that humid! We were lucky!!

Graduation Cap Decoration
On our way...
High School Graduation

The whole graduation took a couple of hours and I'll admit that it felt dragged on, but it was such a surreal moment for me. I sat there and just looking into the stands was crazy. I've never seen them so packed.. (not even for football games haha) and it was just overflowing with people. Everyone was energetic and it felt like they were all here to celebrate us. I looked around at us just sitting there and I felt very accomplished but also a bit sad at the same time.
As speeches were being given, I couldn't help but think back to my whole high school experience. I thought back to everything good and bad that has happened and how I've made it. I started high school as a freshman. I was super quiet and always hid myself. I kept to myself most of the time and had my mind focused on one thing only. Now as a senior, I've definitely figured out more of who I am and I speak my thoughts more. I've also gotten the idea of "balance" in my head and I'm putting it to use with my life. =)

whoo got prizes from the party!

 Right after my graduation, I had about an hour to myself to be with my friends before I was shipped on a bus to go to my all night grad party! I'm not going to go into to much details, but overall, the party was super fun and well worth it! (literally.. I got more money back in giftcards than was paid!) There were different events at the grad party and I got to try some new things and learn that I will never do it again.. lol paintball! I thought it was a great way to end high school. The night flew by and the strangest thing is, after the party was when I felt the saddest. When we were on the bus to go home, I realized that this was it and I almost started balling. I held it in though hehe. I think the mixture of graduation and a couple nights of no sleep caused this hehe. =) I just can't believe it's over, but I am so ready for college! It's a bittersweet feeling really!


I know I said that I wouldn't decorate my cap, but at the last minute, I decided to do so. (haha I'm slightly indecisive if you haven't realized) I know it's cliche to do a quote, but a quote was a must for me! I had a few quotes to choose from, but I ended up with 2 that I loved-

"Life is precious and it's what you do with it that keeps you alive on the inside. It's not enough just to live and take that gift for granted. Each one of us has fears, but the more we work to overcome them, the more we are able to enjoy our lives."
And
Always remember, there's a little girl inside of you... Treat her as if you just met her today. 

I loved both quotes, but I ended up choosing the 1st one and making it shorter it so it would fit on my cap! I thought the message from the 1st one was more fitting, though the 2nd quote holds a special place in my heart. =) Hehe, both quotes are from Demi Lovato in case you were wondering! =)

Do you still remember your high school graduation?
What are some of your favorite quotes?
Haha.. I might get some fun answers here... but when was the first time you pulled an all nighter? Mine was for the grad party.. and never again do I pull on unless it is an emergency! =)

54 comments:

  1. Like what you did with the cap Congrats you look beautiful.
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  2. You look really beautiful! :) Congratulations :)

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  3. Congrats on graduating! I love the quote you put on your cap ^_^ A lot of seniors also pulled an all nighter for the grad party (I've never done so). I hope to never have to pull one for studying ;u;

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    1. Thank you!! I like it too hehe!
      Yes we do!!! .. like once in a lifetime ! I hope you don't either and I hope I don't have too ever again!

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  4. Congrats! How exciting! I love the cap. So unique!
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  5. Aww~ yay! You look great in your graduation gown, Mindy!!! Love your makeup for it- especially with the touch of silver on the eyes! Your hat looks AMAZING!! I sort of wish we had the chance to decorate our caps but we get it an hour before we go up the stage! Plus, we don't even get a chance to rehearse our commencement evening, either.. haha! I totally understand that bittersweet feeling. Eek! Good luck in your future endeavors!

    Have a great day!
    -Nikkie
    Chic Nikkie

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    1. Thank you Nicole!! The silver on the eyes was really nice I thought too . I'm happy you noticed my makeup hehe. ohh wow. . so I guess your graduation didn't have too much prep to it. Our school had way too much prepping I felt but I guess it worked out in the end. There are perks to both sides hehe =) Good luck to you as well!

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  6. Look so great! and the décor on your cap speaks really well about you which makes it real cute - good thing you switch your mind.

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    1. Thank you! I am really proud of my cap and I'm glad I did decorate it now!!

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  7. love your decoration cap !!
    and congraattss on your graduation !!

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  8. You look great and happy :) Congratulations on your graduation! Now that one huge chapter of your life has closed, I really wish you all the best as you embark on a new and exciting journey. Onwards and upwards! <3

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    1. Thank you so much and yes!! I am super excited for new things to come!

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  9. Crongratulations! You looked gorgeous!


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  10. Congratulations Mindy! You look great! :)

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  11. Love that stunning red hat with you artwork, sweetie!
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  12. Awwh that's so sweet! I love your cap too, it's stunning. x

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  13. Congratulations on your graduation! The pics with your mom are so sweet! She must be so proud of you. Love the way you adorned your cap :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  14. I remember my graduation but it wasn't as much fun as yours seemed to be... Love your dress and really hope that you will treasure this major moment for the rest of your life. Wishing you lots of success for your future.

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    1. haha I only showed the fun parts of my graduation!! There was a lot of just sitting around!
      Thank you and yes I will!! It's hard to believe that it's all over now!

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  15. Congratulations! You did it! Cool Cap too. I can't wait until I graduate college so I can decorate mine too lol

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    1. Thank you and decorating a cap is sooo much fun!!

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  16. Great pictures, you look amazing.
    Congratulations!

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  17. What a great way to create a momento


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  18. Congratulations! You look lovely in that gorgeous dress... that is an awesome diy on the toga-hat! http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com/

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  19. SUPER!!!
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  20. I actually like this dress more than the other, sequined one. Good choice all around!!
    Yes.. remembering, but trying to forget... ;)
    The first time I did an all nighter was because we thought my brother would die, I was 6? 9? -It's been long ago and I just don't want to think about it.

    I am a lover of quotes, but only give you two(three) here. 'Cause you might pretty fast get fed up reading them all & I don't want to spam this post too much either. ;)

    “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
    ― Virginia Woolf

    “Anyone looking for friends without faults, shall remain friendless.”
    ― Rûmî

    Okay one more, for the US-Americans out there... ;)

    “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    ― Mark Twain

    Follow the Royal Peach

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    1. Thank you!! I like this dress more than the other one too!
      omg.. you were so young! I would have gone crazy if I did that when I was little!
      That quote by Virginia woolf is really nice!!! I like it!

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  21. i love your black white dress
    looks nice
    and your cap...is so lovely ^^
    must put lots effort making it
    MY-Emily

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  22. Congratulations sweetie! :) High school graduation was one of the best moments of my life (I mean afterwards) :D

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    1. Thank you!! I felt the same haha!

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  23. Hi Mindy! I just graduated on Saturday as well and am incredibly nostalgic! Honestly, if I could go back the next month and do everything over again-Senior Picnic, Prom, All-Nighter, Graduation-I totally would. This past month was an incredible send off for the seniors and it makes me truly appreciate my last four years. Your graduation sounded so much fun-my class was sooo excited to graduate as we brought beachballs and popped streamers during the ceremony! Anyway, congrats on your big step and good luck on your future endeavors in college. Stay in touch, fellow graduate:)
    xo Olivia

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    1. Hey Olivia! I am reading your comment now and ohh does it make me look back on my last months as a high schooler! It was an incredible month and a perfect wrap up of our 4 years! ohh popped streamers .. That is really exciting! My class brought because balls too hehe.
      Congrats to you as well and I can't wait to see what you do!!

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  24. WOW! Congratulations! I'm happy to be updated about what you've been up to through your blog. From the prom to your graduation! Wow, I'm proud of you. Good Luck in college! :)

    xoxo,
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    1. Thank you Shaira!! I can't wait for college now hehe!

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